Qualifying: Three candidates qualify in Avondale, no word from Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 31, 2015
File Photo provided by Dena Mellick

File Photo provided by Dena Mellick

This story has been updated. 

Three candidates have qualified to run for municipal office in Avondale Estates. The city of Decatur did not provide any updates on who qualified to run for office in the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal election.

Qualifying began in Decatur and Avondale Estates on Monday, Aug. 31. Decatur qualifying ends on Sept. 2, and Avondale qualifying ends on Sept. 4.

The following candidates have qualified to run for office in Avondale:

– Brian Fisher – Commissioner

– John Quinn – Commissioner (Incumbent)

– Jonathan Elmore – Mayor (Incumbent)

According to the city of Avondale Estates, two commission seats and the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot this year. Unlike Decatur, Avondale Estates does not have commission districts, meaning that the commission seats will go to the two candidates who earn the most votes on Nov. 3.

The city of Decatur provided no information regarding who qualified to run in the Nov. 3 elections. A city spokesperson said she is working to obtain this information, but it wasn’t available at the end of the business day on Aug. 31.

Several candidates have declared their intention to run for office in Decatur. They are …

– One City Commissioner from Election District 1, Post B

This seat is currently held by Commissioner Scott Drake, who has announced he is running for reelection.  He has no challengers so far.

– One City Commissioner from Election District 2, Post B

This seat was previously held by commissioner and mayor pro tem Kecia Cunningham, who unexpectedly resigned last week to take a job in Pennsylvania. Brian Smith, the current chairman of the city of Decatur’s Zoning Board of Appeals, has announced he is running for Cunningham’s seat on the City Commission. James Johnson, a local attorney, also intends to run for this position.

– One City Commissioner District At-Large

Mayor Jim Baskett currently holds this seat, but he isn’t running for reelection. Two candidates are seeking this seat: Planning Commission Chairman Tony Powers and former city commissioner John Ridley.

– One Decatur Board of Education member from Election District 1, Post B

This seat is currently held by School Board Chairman Garrett Goebel, who is running again. There are no other candidates so far.

– One Decatur Board of Education member from Election District 2, Post B

This seat is currently held by Vice Chairwoman Julie Rhame, who is not running again. Tasha White, an entrepreneur and mother with children attending City Schools of Decatur, has announced she will run for Rhame’s seat.

For more information on qualifying to run for office in Decatur, click here.

Avondale Estates provided the following information about its qualifying process …

2015 General Municipal Election Qualifying Period

When: Monday, August 31, through Friday, September 4
between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; and 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Where: Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza

A General Municipal Election for the City of Avondale Estates will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, to elect a Mayor and two Commissioners to the Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners. The term of office is four years.

Persons wishing to qualify for this election may complete a qualification packet with
Karen Holmes at Avondale Estates City Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, August 31, 2015, through Friday, September 4, 2015. The qualifying fee is $3. Read full qualification requirements here.

Voting will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any person who is a resident of the City of Avondale Estates and registered with DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections as an elector within the City of Avondale Estates at least 30 days prior to this election, shall be eligible to vote in this election. The last day for voter registration is Monday, October 5, 2015.

Call City Hall with questions at 404-294-5400.

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